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Mass Energy advocates for robust investment in energy efficiency and the growth of renewable resources in our state and across the region.

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Energy should be affordable and sustainable.

We support policies that curb the use of dangerous fossil fuels and that facilitate an equitable transition to a future powered by renewable energy.

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Massachusetts is a national leader in energy efficiency and home to some of the most ambitious climate policies in the country, including the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) and the Green Communities Act (GCA). The steps taken in Massachusetts to make energy affordable and sustainable will influence steps taken across the region and throughout the country. But it's our job at Mass Energy to make sure these policies are implemented well.

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Keep supporting 2018's most critical clean energy bill: Send comments by March 9th, 2018!

The Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy (TUE) is currently considering legislation to increase the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) percentage from 1% more renewable energy to 3% per year (we've mentioned it before). This would acheive 50% renewable electricity by 2030. TUE recently extended their deliberation on this issue until March 9th. Please contact your House rep now and ask them to urge the TUE committee to report the RPS bill favorably out of committee. 

What it is

Massachusetts’ Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) is a state law that has been an essential driver of renewable energy development since first implemented in 2003. It requires electricity suppliers & utilities, such as Eversource, National Grid, Unitil to include a minimum percentage of Class 1 renewable energy in our electricity. The percentage increases annuallly, but the current rate of increase is 1% per year, is not enough to meet our climate goals by 2050. Read more.

Why it's important

Increasing the annual increase in the RPS from 1% to 3% would bring Massachusetts to 50% Renewable Energy by 2050. The RPS only drives development of new renewables to the extent that the annual requirement must be met. As we’ve written before, analysis released last May shows that an increase in the RPS will not only drive demand for new renewables, it will generate jobs, reduce emissions by displacing fossil fuels at a faster pace, yield public health benefits, and will reduce wholesale electricity prices.

50% by 2030 was recently cited by Attorney General Healey as a necessary strategy if Massachusetts is going to get off fossil fuels. A provision to increase the RPS by 3% per year was also included in the comprehensive energy bill released earlier this week by the Senate.

Take action

TUE will make a recommendation for the bill by March 9th. A favorable report is needed in order for the bill to move closer to a legislative vote. Please call or email your House rep to ask that they urge the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy (TUE) to report the RPS bill favorably out of committee.

What to say: "Hi, this is ___your name____ from _____your town_____. I'm a supporter of Mass Energy and I'm concerned about climate change. I want to support a bill that would increase the Renewable Portfolio Standard by 3% per year. Please help increase the amount of renewable energy in New England by urging your colleagues on the TUE committee to report it favorably out of committee."

Who to say it to: Your House Rep
Please cc the TUE Chairs in any email you send:

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With enough public support and pressure, this could be the year that we see an increase take effect. Your voice is critically important to this goal.

 

 

Mass Energy's Policy Priorities

Mass Energy engages in legislative and regulatory advocacy to support energy efficiency and promote clean energy solutions that can accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy. Here are our 2018 policy priorities.

  • Increase the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)
    • What's Going On: The RPS is a minimum percentage of renewable electricity that regulated distributed utilities (e.g., Eversource, National Grid, Unitil) and competitive suppliers are required to supply each year. It has been instrumental in helping to displace fossil fuels by bringing online new renewable electricity generation since it was first implemented in 2003.

      Decarbonizing our electricity supply is an essential and cost-effective way to achieve deep greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions required to comply with the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), let alone to help mitigate climate change. The RPS is an essential driver of the development of renewable generation; but it only does so to the extent that the annual minimums must be met. At 1% per year, the current annual increase in the RPS is insufficient and must be strengthened to facilitate a rapid transition to clean energy. This is especially true as we turn to electrification to achieve GWSA compliance in other sectors (e.g., heating, transportation). A 2017 analysis of the Massachusetts RPS prepared by Synapse Energy Economics and Sustainable Energy Advantage revealed that a 2-3% increase in the RPS per year will yield tremendous benefits to consumers, public health, the economy, and the environment.

      Several pieces of legislation filed this year would strengthen the RPS, including H.2700 (Khan), which Mass Energy strongly supports. The bills were assigned to the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE).

      Click HERE for to learn more about the RPS.

      What is the MA RPS
      (click to read more)
    • Updates & Info:
      • 2/14/18: Valentine’s Lobby Day with Mass Power Forward. If you love clean energy, join members of the Mass Power Forward coalition and residents from around the Commonwealth to urge legislators to do everything they can to promote a clean energy future. Mass Energy’s Eugenia Gibbons will brief attendees on the RPS prior to heading to the State House. See you there! Click here to RSVP.
      • 2/7/18: TUE issued an extension through March 9 to further consider RPS legislation. A bill to increase the RPS needs to be reported favorably out of committee by that date before it can be taken up by the rest of the Legislature.
      • 1/24/17: CERES-led lobby day. Leaders in sustainability from all industries made the business case for an RPS increase. Massachusetts Companies Meet with Lawmakers to Highlight Sustainability Leadership.
      • 9/19/17: The Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE) hosted a public hearing on September 19th on a proposal to increase the RPS. Our clean energy director, Eugenia GIbbons, attended and submitted comments in favor of increasing the RPS. Hear her comments here.
      • 9/12/17:  Ikea, New Balance, Legal Seafoods among several businesses support an increase in the RPS. Read more.
      • 7/12/17: We made a 2-page to help people understand MA's RPS. Take a look.
      • 6/28/17: Our friends at NECEC made some whitepapers about the RPS. Take a look and get savvy: An Analysis of the MA RPS and Strengthening the MA RPS.
      • 6/21/17: Our Clean Energy Director, Eugenia Gibbons, gave a webinar on the RPS. Check it out.
      • 5/18/17: An Analysis of the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard, prepared by Synapse Energy Economics and Sustainable Energy Advantage, demonstrates that increasing the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard by 2% to 3% per year better positions the state to comply with the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), while reducing costs to consumers and creating jobs.
      • 1/31/17: Bills HD2103 (filed by Rep. Khan) and SD1372 (filed by Sen. Pacheco) would modestly adjust the state’s RPS so that it increases 2% per year (instead of the current 1% per year) and require municipal light plants to ease into compliance over time. We urge everyone to contact your Representative and Senator today and ask them to co-sponsor these bills by Friday, February 3rd. Find your legislators now.
      • 1/25/17: Our Clean Energy Director, Eugenia Gibbons, will be at the Mass Power Forward Enviro Bill Lobby Day to discuss the importance of the RPS.
      • 12/13/16: Our Clean Energy Director, Eugenia Gibbons, presented these slides at a State House briefing . They provide a nice overview of what the RPS is and why it is important to increase it. 
      • 8/1/16: The RPS increase is not included in the final energy bill. We'll keep pushing for an RPS increase since it is critial to ensuring Class I renewables get brought online to meet our climate goals.
      • 6/24/16: Doubling the RPS was included in the Senate version of the omnibus energy bill.
      • 6/21/16: The mayors of Pittsfield and Medford write Cities want renewable energy in CommonWealth magazine urging state legislators to include a provision to double the RPS in the omnibus energy bill
      • 4/9/15: Doubling Down on Renewables: Improving the MA Renewable Portfolio Standard and RI Renewable Energy Standard posted on the Energy Consumer's Bulletin.
  • Appliance Efficiency Standards
    • What's Going On: State efficiency standards are the minimum requirement for energy and/or water efficiency that must be met by most major appliances, equipment, lighting, and plumbing products sold in Massachusetts. Standards ensure that products consumer fewer resources while also preserving quality and affordability. Appliance standards are the best energy and climate policy most have never heard of.

      The Massachusetts Legislature is one of several across the country contemplating updates to outdated state standards that would ensure appliances sold in the Commonwealth are as efficient as possible. The potential benefits to consumers and the environment are huge and updates are broadly supported by industry representatives, the utilities, low income advocates, consumer advocates, and environmentalists. Representative Frank Smizik (D - Brookline) is the lead sponsor on H.3404, filed this session. Mass Energy and People's Power & Light are working with our friends at ASAP (Appliance Standards Awareness Project) and NEEP (Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships), among others to raise awareness about the importance of standards as a money-saving, emissions-reducing tool.



      Click HERE to learn more about Appliance Efficiency Standards in Massachusetts.
    • Updates & Info:
      • 1/25/18: Eugenia Gibbons (Mass Energy) joined colleagues at a State House briefing informing legislators of the benefits of appliance efficiency standards.
      • 11/6/17: TUE Committee public hearing. Eugenia Gibbons testified on behalf of Mass Energy in support of H.3404.
  • Accelerating the Adoption of EVs
    • What's Going On: Outreach on the environmental, health, and economic benefits of electric vehicles helps (EVs) to drive consumer demand, which helps to accelerate their adoption. This is why we run Drive Green with Mass Energy, an EV discount program to help consumers like you behind the wheel of a new EV. However, when it comes to fully transitioning away from gas-powered cars, consumer demand is only one piece of the equation. The build-out of charging infrastructure is the other. There are currently important decisions to be made on this at the state house.
    • Updates & Info:
      • 1/26/18: The Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Transportation are seeking public input about ideas and policy solutions to combat climate change and reduce transportation emissions. Comments may be submitted using an online portal or via email (gwsa@massmail.state.ma.us) through January 26, 2018. Not sure what to say? See our action alert above.
      • 4/12/17: National Grid has voluntarily filed a petition before DPU to have its EV Infrastructure proposal be considered (DPU Docket 17-13). A public hearing has been scheduled for 2:00PM on April 12, 2017 at DPU. Written comments for the Docket 17-13 will be received until close of business on the same date.
      • 3/29/17: Eversource’s EV Infrastructure proposal has been filed as part of its rather cumbersome rate case (DPU Docket 17-05). The DPU has scheduled several public hearings to afford its customers an opportunity to weigh in. Although much of the focus of these hearings will likely be on their proposed rate increase, this is an opportunity to restate the environmental, public health, and economic benefits of electric vehicles and to urge Eversource to do more to improve upon its “Make Ready” approach to infrastructure. If you can’t attend a hearing, but wish to submit written comments to the DPU regarding Eversource’s proposal, you may do so until May 31, 2017.
      • 3/28/17: Earlier this year, Eversource and National Grid filed petitions with the Department of Public Utilities seeking approval of their EV infrastructure proposals that include the ability to place a small charge on electricity ratepayers to help build more public charging stations.
      • 3/28/17: In January, Governor Baker authorized the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) to adopt “EV Ready” building codes. Unfortunately, opponents of EV Ready buildings are hard at work and the BBRS has indicated that they may vote down EV Ready building codes. Take Immediate Action: Email Chairman of the Board of Building Regulations and Standards in support of “EV Ready” buildings. Don’t forget to sign your name at the end.
      • 3/28/17: Check out our latest blog on this topic.

 

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